Borough’s total crime rate remains steady

Crime story
Crime story

WIGAN’S crime rates have flat-lined since last year with more than 40 offences committed per day in the borough on average.

The total crime number remained just above the 16,000 mark although there were significant rises in certain robbery offences and hate crimes.

Across Greater Manchester, the crime total reduced by three per cent although concern has been voiced that the rates increased throughout the course of the year and has continued to do so, with the first quarter of 2014 seeing a two per cent increase.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “I have warned since before I was elected that the speed and severity of the Government’s programme of cuts is reckless. It gives me no pleasure to say that we are now seeing the impact of these cuts to policing and our public services on community safety across our region.”

In Wigan, the two main categories for offences - victim-based crime and crimes against society - recorded almost identical numbers to 2012.

Areas for concern include robberies involving personal property, which saw an increase from 76 to 114 incidents.

But robberies involving business property fell by 32 per cent from 74 to 50.

Victim-based hate crimes saw a dramatic increase from 58 to 81 incidents, a 40 per cent rise, and all hate crimes, including those when there is no victim - such as writing graffiti - increased 17 per cent.

Violent crimes against a person remained at a steady rate with a one per cent increase at 2,595 incidents.

In total, there were 16,172 crimes recorded in Wigan borough in 2013 compared to 16,179 the previous year.

PCC Lloyd added that the force will struggle to deliver falling rates in the future if cuts to their budget continue.

He said: “The great work that has been done by GMP, partner agencies and local communities to build safer neighbourhoods across our region is being endangered.”

Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “There is no question that our continued budget reductions are a huge challenge but we will not be giving up.

“There needs to be some caution on relying on recorded crime statistics as much crime on the internet and crime against vulnerable people is not fully reflected in these figures.

“All our staff are working hard to tackle those crimes which most worry the public.”